The Sabres loaned Johansson to the Krefeld Pinguine of the German Hockey League on Saturday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports. Johansson can be recalled by the Sabres at any time, but this is an opportunity for the 25-year-old netminder to stay on the ice until the 2020-21 NHL season begins. The Swede enjoyed success with AHL Rochester last season, as he posted a .921 save percentage and 2.28 GAA, but he's not expected to play much at the top level this coming season because Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton are still under contract.
Johansson signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Buffalo on Wednesday. Johansson performed well in the minors this past season, in which he posted a 14-4-3 record with two shutouts and a .921 save percentage in 22 outings. The netminder was slightly less successful in six outings with Buffalo, as he went just 1-3-1 with a 2.94 GAA. Unless the organization decides to part ways with Carter Hutton or Linus Ullmark, the 25-year-old Johansson will almost certainly be relegated to the minors for much of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Sabres reassigned Johansson to AHL Rochester on Friday. Johansson's demotion all but confirms that Linus Ullmark (leg) will be ready to return to the lineup Saturday against Philadelphia. The 26-year-old Johansson, who posted a 1-3-1 record while registering a 2.94 GAA and .894 save percentage in six appearances during his one-month stay with the Sabres, will likely stick with Rochester for the remainder of the season.
Johansson stopped 28 of 32 shots in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins. Johansson was playing well at the AHL level prior to getting called up (2.19 GAA, .925 save percentage), but he's just 1-3-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .894 save percentage to start his NHL career. While the 24-year-old netminder looks like he has an NHL future, he's just filling in for the injured Linus Ullmark (leg) at the moment. With Ullmark nearing a return, Johansson will likely be shipped back down to AHL Rochester soon for further seasoning.
Johansson will patrol the crease during Thursday's home game versus the Penguins, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Johansson struggled in his last start Saturday against Arizona, surrendering four goals on 30 shots en route to a 5-2 loss. The 24-year-old Swede will try to bounce back in a home matchup with a slumping Pittsburgh squad that's gone 1-6-0 in its last seven games.
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